Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
MWELA Trial Boot Camp - Members Only
April 20–21, 2017
Washington, DC

California Employment Lawyers Association
13th Annual Advanced Wage & Hour Seminar
May 12, 2017
Hilton Glendale
Glendale, CA

NELA/NY Full Day Spring Employment Law CLE
May 12, 2017
Yale Club of New York City
New York, NY

Be The Change
NELA 2017 Annual Convention

June 21–24, 2017
San Antonio
Marriott Rivercenter
San Antonio, TX

Florida NELA 2017 Labor Day Conference
September 1–2, 2017
The Don Cesar Resort
St. Petersburg Beach, FL

2017 Trial Boot Camp
October 12–14, 2017
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL

California Employment Lawyers Association
30th Annual Employment Law Conference
October 20–21, 2017
(Skills Seminar on October 19)
Oakland Marriott City Center
Oakland, CA

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NELA 2018 Annual Convention
June 27–30, 2018
Chicago Hilton
Chicago, IL


The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) is at the forefront of efforts to advance equality and justice in the American workplace through federal legislation and public policy. Since NELA's inception, we have lobbied and provided technical assistance to Congress on scores of federal legislation that bring us closer to achieving our mission. Visit our About NELA page for more information about our work.

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Legislative & Public Policy Priorities

In fulfilling our mission, NELA has adopted the following federal legislative and public policy priorities:
  • Keep the courthouse doors open by fighting against forced arbitration of workplace disputes, and preserve the right to a jury for working people.
  • Safeguard workers' recoveries for illegal workplace violations from unfair taxation.
  • Ensure that independent and fair-minded individuals who are faithful to America's promise of equal justice under law are appointed to the federal bench.
  • Enhance workplace protections on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and age.
  • Advocate for stronger protections for workers with caregiving responsibilities, including strengthening the Family and Medical Leave Act, passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and reforms to unfair scheduling practices.
  • Advocate for an increase in the minimum wage, as well as fair wage, hour, and leave standards; protect those who expose employer abuse, fraud, and waste; and challenge at-will employment. 

Cultivating The Next Generation Of Employee Rights Advocates

NELA offers opportunities for dynamic interns (undergraduate and/or law students) to assist with important projects related to NELA’s core mission of advancing employee rights and serving lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace. Internships are available for every academic term, including summers. NELA requires that prospective interns simultaneously participate in for-credit academic programs. How To Apply

NELA's Grassroots Advocacy Program

NELA's most important asset is its membership. To leverage our voices, we have created NELA's Grassroots Advocacy Team (GAT) to involve NELA members, Affiliate leaders, and Affiliate members in our legislative and public policy initiatives.

Advocating For Employee Rights

For more information about how to get involved in advancing equality and justice in the American workplace, contact us at

Laura M. Flegel
Legislative & Public Policy Director
(202) 898-2880, ext. 115

Matt Koski
Program Director
(415) 296-7629, ext. 103

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